For weeks leading up to July 1, the day marking the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China I had been noticing that Shanghai was undergoing a distinctly red makeover, Shanghai was being painted communist red. Signs promoting the great celebration were now nearly as common as kids peeing on the footpath (and let me tell you that is really common!). Neighbourhoods, commercial shopping districts and areas well known for being expat territory all underwent the makeover, no where was forgotten.
The 90th celebration festivities spread to local neighborhoods with billboards around the city adorning these let’s be honest, uninspiring posters.
This huge sign in Xujiahui reminds passing drivers to ‘celebrate good times, c’mon!’
Something is not quite right with this equation…Pizza with a side of propaganda anyone?
Yes, you are right in thinking this sign is across the road from a huge shopping center and that purple and blue sign just behind, well that’s all about shopping too! Communism next to consumerism, I smell irony!
Even constructions sites around the city aren’t free of celebratory advertisements!
I’m guessing this banner featuring ‘The Great Wall’ is symbolic of the Great Firewall of China. The placement is quite appropriate I think with this sign featured on light poles up and down Hongmei Lu in Gubei district, a street that often seems to have more expats than Chinese!
What 90th anniversary celebratory party decorations have you seen around China?